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Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:15 AM

Do you drink bottled water? Read this

theguardian.com

Despite its ever-growing popularity in the US, bottled water is atrocious for the environment. To quote Harvard Universityís Office for Sustainability, ďThe entire life cycle of bottled water uses fossil fuels, contributes to global warming, and causes pollution.Ē

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/do-you-drink-bottled-water-read-this

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Reply Do you drink bottled water? Read this (Original post)
lordsummerisle Jan 2021 OP
Botany Jan 2021 #1
Midnightwalk Jan 2021 #6
Botany Jan 2021 #11
robbob Jan 2021 #16
flibbitygiblets Jan 2021 #28
blueinredohio Jan 2021 #21
AwakeAtLast Jan 2021 #32
Voltaire2 Jan 2021 #2
sinkingfeeling Jan 2021 #3
nam78_two Jan 2021 #4
CousinIT Jan 2021 #5
kirkuchiyo Jan 2021 #7
flibbitygiblets Jan 2021 #30
Iwasthere Jan 2021 #34
judesedit Jan 2021 #8
stopwastingmymoney Jan 2021 #10
judesedit Jan 2021 #23
FunkyLeprechaun Jan 2021 #9
douglas9 Jan 2021 #12
no_hypocrisy Jan 2021 #13
procon Jan 2021 #14
Binkie The Clown Jan 2021 #15
Cozmo Jan 2021 #17
whopis01 Jan 2021 #19
Cozmo Jan 2021 #26
appleannie1 Jan 2021 #18
Nitram Jan 2021 #20
pandr32 Jan 2021 #22
llmart Jan 2021 #24
Thekaspervote Jan 2021 #25
Cozmo Jan 2021 #27
safeinOhio Jan 2021 #29
lillypaddle Jan 2021 #31
LizBeth Jan 2021 #33

Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:20 AM

1. I keep some of the empty bottles and refill them with tap water.

Bottled water is a scam.

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:42 AM

6. Mine are around a year old

I also use them as cheap canteens and I freeze a couple when it is hot. They get a little distorted but the bulges do push back in so they can stand flat again.

The tap water by us is hard, but we were put in a good water softener and filter system years ago and now itís fine. Weíre lucky we could do that

I agree bottled water is a scam and that bottles are horrible for the environment. Companies buying up local water rights to sell bottled water is obscene.

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Response to Midnightwalk (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:12 AM

11. They have spent billions of $s across America so that we have good clean tap water and in most ...

... cases it is just as good or even better then bottled water. And if it tastes bad you can filter it
and or run it through a water softener.

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Response to Midnightwalk (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:24 AM

16. I used to do that.

But Iíve heard the plastic starts breaking down with time and repeated usage, especially if left in a hot car or in the sun. So you may be inadvertently poisoning yourself.

I finally broke down and bought a couple high quality metal water bottles. Keeps the contents cold or hot for hours, and I use filtered tap water. Iím set for life now. Itís definitely an investment I would recommend.

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Response to robbob (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:08 PM

28. Same here.

Some bottled water has expiration dates. I once called the 800# on a water bottle to find out why ("how does water expire?". This was like 20 years ago. Rep said the plastic starts to break down and we could be drinking plastic. I quit buying bottled water immediately.

Suggest investing in a BPA-free water bottle.

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:42 AM

21. I do the same.

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:53 PM

32. They can leach chemicals into your water

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:20 AM

2. Stopped a long time ago.

Stupidest consumer scam ever.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:30 AM

3. Only when I'm in Africa or Asia.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:40 AM

5. I do not. And that's why. I put a filter on my kitchen tap.

The water is fine. WTF is up with people and their damn plastic bottles?

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:47 AM

7. Fizzy water in aluminum cans for me please.

Kinda hard to get out of the tap.

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Response to kirkuchiyo (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:17 PM

30. You could also try a Soda stream or equivalent?

DrinkMate, Sparkel, Aarke, these are all great fizzy water makers at reasonable prices.

I adore sparkling water, so I have a Soda Stream that I bought years ago (never use their god-awful syrups though--yuck!). For a treat, I stir in a tablespoon or 2 of bitters, or a fruity white balsamic vinegar syrup (which is called a shrub).

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #30)

Fri Jan 29, 2021, 09:13 AM

34. Me too, and I fill it with dry ice

$2.00 of dry ice when it runs out. So easy. Lasts longer than buying a replacement.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:54 AM

8. After drinking the tea, I clean the store bought, glass, 14 oz, ice tea bottles and fill them with

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water I've purified in my water pitcher and keep them in the fridge for whenever I want a nice, cold drink of water. I've used the same bottles for years now. They work perfectly. You can fill them with any drink of your choosing. You just have to clean them accordingly. They have to have good lids, too. I've taken the labels off, so they are just clear bottles. Just an idea for anyone trying to get away from plastic bottles.

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Response to judesedit (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:08 AM

10. We do that too

Brita pitcher and 20oz glass lemonade bottles

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:48 AM

23. I use a Zero pitcher, but same thing. It works great and we're not adding plastic to earth or ocean.

👍👏😊🌎🏖 I just edited my post. I looked. They are 14 oz. lol. Not that it's important, but gives you more water per use. I'll have to check out the 20 oz bottles of lemonade. Thanks.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:00 AM

9. I find that

Tap water tastes disgusting to me and I canít have filtered water due to my renal diet.

Believe me Iíve tried.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:18 AM

12. Why bottled water is one of the biggest scams of the century

Just 50 years ago the thought of buying bottled water when it was freely available from the tap would have seemed absurd to most people. Yet today sales are higher than ever. We look at how much weíre really drinking, how our obsession started and the devastating effect itís having on our environment.

https://www.lovefood.com/gallerylist/69596/why-bottled-water-is-one-of-the-biggest-scams-of-the-century

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:19 AM

13. I carry a thermos with chilled filtered water.

Screw the bottles.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:33 AM

14. Bottled water is a total ripoff.

Why do people buy it when there are water taps everywhere? Sometimes water doesn't taste good, so buy a filter pitcher and get fresher tasting water.

Use an insulated drinking bottle to keep water chilled. These are cheap and available everywhere. I fill mine about 1/3 full and keep a couple him the freezer to top off with tap water whenever I leave home. I have well water that actually tastes very good.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:54 AM

15. When bottle tea came out I thought that was the height of the ridiculous.

5 cents worth of tea for a dollar.
Then the powers that be took it several more steps beyond ridiculous with bottled water.

I can understand those 5-gallon reusable bottle in water coolers, but single serving bottles of water is just beyond ridiculous.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:25 AM

17. So what's the solution if your tap water is unsafe to drink?

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Response to Cozmo (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:36 AM

19. Reusable containers is a good start

Obviously for people in areas without other access to safe water, bottled watered is a necessity.

If someone is using bottled water because they don't otherwise have access to safe, clean water, then that person is NOT part of the problem. The problem in that case are the people making decisions that have left this person in a position where there is no other access to clean, safe water. And that problem needs to get fixed.

The vast majority of people in the US have access to safe water without resorting to single use plastic bottles. Getting those for whom it is not a necessity to cut back is the goal.

Of course the long term solution should be to improve the tap water and eliminate that problem altogether.

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Response to whopis01 (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:57 AM

26. I do what I have to do in this regard, but I am always open to alternatives, better choices

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:36 AM

18. I don't have a choice in the matter. Gas wells were drilled near my property that ruined my well.

I have to buy water for cooking and drinking now and on SS I can't afford delivered water. In the summer I drive to a spring and fill gallon bottles but in the winter, you have to walk on wet ice to get to the spring and at my age, that is way too dangerous.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:44 AM

22. When I was a kid water drinking fountains were everywhere

Nobody carried bottled water.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:49 AM

24. I don't believe I've ever purchased a bottle of water.

I despised this "fad" when it first began. At that time I never thought it would become so mainstream and that people just assume everyone buys bottles of water. So much of what we do is follow the crowd without ever questioning if what the "crowd" is doing is even logical, or as in this case, destructive.

The house I live in now has a refrigerator with a built in filter. I have a thermos and if I want to take water with me I fill it up. Before that I used a Brita pitcher and before that I lived in a house with a well. I had the water tested when I moved in and it was probably more pure than the stuff in a plastic bottle. However, it did contain some minerals, so I got Culligan delivered once a month.

As others have said, individual bottled water is the biggest scam on consumers, but as a wise person once said, a fool and his money are soon parted.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:54 AM

25. You can still drink a more purified h2o without the bottles!

We run a mist humidifier in the winter and use water from our RO system for it. The condensed residue From water out of the tap on the surfaces should convince anyone not to drink tap water..itís really disgusting

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:00 PM

27. Well, thanks for the suggestion I live in an apartment, have no idea what your suggestion means

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:12 PM

29. Way back in the 1900s

we would have laughed if you said we had to pay for water or air at a gas station.

I have the best well water money can't buy.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 12:17 PM

31. I use a Brita pitcher & filter

If I could afford it, I would rent one of those big bottles with a tap that is in offices.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 02:10 PM

33. I haven't for a couple decades. It has always really bothered me.

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